Ancona 1582 testone
"Italian States - Papal/Roman States. Testone, 1582 (Ancona). Pope Gregory XIII, 1572-1585. Beautifully toned and crisply struck for a late 16th century European silver coin. Lots of eye appeal and a nicely detailed portrait. NGC graded MS-63.Silver testone are popular with collectors not only for their Catholic associations but also the extraordinarily vivid portraits of the various popes, including Sixtus V (1585-90) shown here. The first papal piastri date from this period; a piastra was three and a half testone.
This coin was struck near the end of Gregory XIII's papacy. After the death of Pope Pius V (1566-1572) Ugo Boncompagni (later Gregory XIII) was successfully backed by the Spanish king and many in the church, to become his successor. He was to prove a quick-witted man with great legal and management skills who led a faultless personal life. He increased the power of the papacy and he introduced the Gregorian calendar."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: CNI-78-80; Munt-200-203; Berman-1213.
- Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 81: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.